GAO Report: Sequestration Has Led to 1 Job Loss Across 23 Federal Agencies
A new report shows only one job lost due to the sequestration cuts that took effect last year, despite the doomsday predictions by the White House and Democrats in Congress. The Government Accountability Office report looked at the effects of sequestration cuts across 23 federal agencies.
Republicans want to know why the White House was making such dire warnings right before the cuts kicked in a year ago. The new information was highlighted by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who is now calling for more budget cuts.
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In response, OMB spokesman Steve Posner said in a statement to FoxNews.com there is "no question" the sequestration has had an negative impact on Americans, pointing out the report also states that employees had their hours reduced and agencies were forced to curtail hiring as a result of the cuts, among other examples.
The March report by the Government Accountability Office describes how 23 agencies and departments -- which appear to span most of the federal government -- complied with the cuts. Only one, the Department of Justice, decided to lay off a single employee in fiscal year 2013.
A spokeswoman for the GAO told FoxNews.com the DOJ reported that the laid-off worker was from the the U.S. Parole Commission, but they had no other information about the employee. Virtually every other arm of the government turned to tactics like cutting overtime, reducing employee travel and putting workers on furlough to avoid actual firings.
The report is a stark contrast from the dire predictions from the Obama administration and Democratic leadership, who blamed Republicans for the cuts.
In a memo released before the sequester cuts went into effect, the White House claimed they “threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs.” In a speech at the White House that February, President Obama repeated those claims.
"These cuts are not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy, they will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls," he said. "This is not an abstraction. People will lose their jobs."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid upped the doomsday rhetoric in July, according to the Washington Post, saying on the Senate floor over a million jobs were already lost.
“We have learned that the sequestration already has cut 1.6 million jobs. So we need job creation. We need to help the middle class by creating jobs,” he said.
Gretchen Carlson got some reaction this afternoon from Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times, asking what happened to all the "pain" we heard about in the run-up to the sequestration deadline.
"All the dire effects we were warned about didn't happen because the government basically found a way out of it. They shifted money around, they used old money that was still lying around," said Dinan, explaining that Congress was able to take other actions to keep from cutting specific employees, like meat inspectors and air traffic controllers.
Watch the full discussion above.